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BellairBerdan April 24, 2014 at 08:05 pm
The word doesn't need to go away. It just needs to leave a government which is not supposed toRead More support any particular religion. Silent, since your position is because the majority wants it, think of this. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the USA and the largest religion in the world. Will you be OK if the majority becomes Muslim and changes the word to Allah because the majority wants it? Or will your position then be that government shouldn't be involved?
SILENT WOLF April 24, 2014 at 08:42 pm
BellairBerdan , You are wrong ,the largest religion in the world is not Islam .There areRead More approximately 2.1 billion christian to your 1.5 billion Islam.. I wouldn't betray my beliefs and wouldn't care what you had in your pledge , mine would remain the same . Sorry I was imposing you were Islamic ,not true right ...?
Spooner April 24, 2014 at 10:33 pm
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT, Argued and Submitted December 4,Read More 2007—San Francisco, California Filed March 11, 2010 We are called upon to decide whether the teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, by students in public schools constitutes an establishment of religion prohibited by the United States Constitution. We hold it does not; the Pledge is constitutional. The Pledge of Allegiance serves to unite our vast nation through the proud recitation of some of the ideals upon which our Republic was founded and for which we continue to strive: one Nation under God—the Founding Fathers’ belief that the people of this nation are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; indivisible—although we have individual states, they are united in one Republic; with liberty —the government cannot take away the people’s inalienable rights; and justice for all—everyone in America is entitled to “equal justice under the law” (as is inscribed above the main entrance to our Supreme Court). Millions of people daily recite these words when pledging allegiance to the United States of America:I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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Bea Coyle April 20, 2014 at 07:52 am
They don't have answers for anything. I thought that since many of them have Business notRead More Educational backgrounds that they could at lease make good financial decisions but you judge. We had an Aide in Special Education who made $15.00 an hour .She left us for a while to further her college goals.She returned and was rehired. When she found out that she was now only going to be paid $9 an hour she left. She went to work for First Childrens ,an outsource place we get aides from. There she would receive $20 an hour .We needed an Aide so we contacted them and low and behold we get that very same person.HOWEVER now we pay First Childrens $35.00 an hour because that is what they charge for all their Aides and we use many of them. If you can do simple math not common core, you will see that because our Educators refused to pay an experienced qualified Aide the $15 she wanted and used to get we are now paying $35.00 an hour.We saved nothing and pay $20 additional per hour. So much for their business sense. I guess what they lack in Educational background they aren't making up in Business decisions.
Bea Coyle April 20, 2014 at 08:21 am
I have noticed that regardless what name the people commenting use on Patch, many of them must workRead More at the schools or did work at the schools, as their comments reflect things you could only know or hear from the inside .People are trying to get the facts out to the Public .Facts that can be researched and verified. Now all the Public needs to do is accept the truth.
Schu April 20, 2014 at 09:59 pm
The general public does not have the intellectual capacity to understand the inter workings of GT.Read More Look at the opportunities the voters have been given at the pools, electing the same losers time and time who've created the mess. Knowledge is man kind's greatest gift, however in GT we're only concerned about ourselves.
Parent April 7, 2014 at 06:40 am
Grow up and become an adult!
Edubb April 7, 2014 at 11:43 pm
The real news is if she's going to prom and what her dress looks like...
Mrgrumpass April 16, 2014 at 09:19 am
She will drop out and become a pol dancer!
State Sen. President Stephen Sweeney (Patch file photo)
Paul J. DiBartolo March 31, 2014 at 04:17 pm
Will this keep him out of Trenton and from doing any more damage there? If so, go for it.
Dr. Kenneth Nosewater March 31, 2014 at 07:18 pm
What words of wisdom will he pass onto the students? Forget college, become a union goon and find aRead More political power broker to help you step on people to get to the top.
golfer April 24, 2014 at 07:47 pm
Brian Hurrel wants proof. There is a terrific book called "Children of the Core." HeRead More wants proof, but I guarantee he won't read this book.
WMS826 April 24, 2014 at 09:46 pm
Proof is all over Brian, just open your eyes. Educators come out of college where they areRead More brainwashed into socialism and political correctness. They are part of this war on our culture and traditions and unfortunately they have our children for seven hours a day. I should have a choice with my tax money on where to apply it for education of my children. If many people opt out of the public system and all but one or two schools in a town remain open and used who cares. The kids still have a school to attend whose parents choose to use for them. We'd fire a bunch of teachers who could then get jobs in the private schools without the pensions and bennies, you guys are here to educate people right, it is not about the money at all..or is it. Save a ton of money, bust the unions, smaller class sizes...choice for parents...what is wrong with that plan.
WMS826 April 24, 2014 at 09:52 pm
Andy Schmidt ...progressive is code word for communism, has been for years. So is the wordRead More "action" . We are at the very beginning of this "fundamental transformation of America "as your man Obama puts it. Please tell me what that means coming from a man who is a known communist and endorsed by the communist party in every election he is in. It all starts with the children...that is how any regime does it.
Bea Coyle March 23, 2014 at 07:59 am
Mr.Bilodeau said very little about the situation on the Vote. It did go to Mrs.Nicolosi,ExecutiveRead More Superintendent for the County.She informed a resident via E-Mail that the School District will begin the process all over again. The School District will advertise that the seat is open and applications and resumes will go directly to Mrs.Nicolosi .She said," All decisions will be made with the children of your Township in mind and not in the interest of the adults". One would hope that means the person she selects has as their motivation to apply what is best for the Education of our children and also that they have no Political aspirations. I guess we will see. Whoever is selected will have to run in a Public Election in November as this and 2 other seats will be up for re-election fortunately.
l t Paine March 23, 2014 at 11:51 pm
If you follow the bread crumbs you will find Gunn, Carr, Coyle and Fontanez will lead you back toRead More Mayer and the democratic machine, which seems odd since the Board is supposed to be non political. These four Board members every move is political and not children first, just look at their push to get Pearce in. Then when he gets disqualified and now they push for another Township hack with their choice of Mr.Owens and when asked to tell the public why they backed Owens over Hengst they refused. Another example of contempt towards residents wishes for accountability and another example of politics first and residents second. Residents don't forget all this next election! As for Mr. Bilodeau I have one question, you show up at our building chest all puffed out talking tough, yet when a leader is needed at the Board meeting you are shamefully quiet, time to man up Johnny boy!
Jodi Logan April 10, 2014 at 06:20 am
Where is the article that stated that it is tie and going to an official.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk April 22, 2014 at 04:12 pm
Marie, why are you conditioned to think that someone that needs pay more taxes because they have aRead More larger house? Why do you think that is fair? Why do you think that if someone spends money keeping their house nice, they need to be penalized with higher taxes? Shouldn't someone should be allowed to keep their house nice? So according to you, it is fair if I buy a house and let the paint go and let the place degenerate and I can have my taxes lowered. you are brilliant.
John Santaella April 22, 2014 at 04:16 pm
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk it doesn't work that way. Ask your town assessor about that.
Marie Intili April 22, 2014 at 05:49 pm
I didnt say you have to pay more taxes if you have a bigger house! Or a nicer house...you areRead More taking my words out of context! A two family home that is zoned for two families should only have two families living in it! Not 10 families! Thats all I said...I said nothing about letting your paint go or getting penelized with a higher tax because of size.....only what its zoned for!
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Betty Boop March 13, 2014 at 09:34 pm
That is why most colleges award Merit Money based upon SAT scores.
Legion March 13, 2014 at 11:46 pm
If this is true my dog could probably be eligible if he went through the Brick school system.
Rick Ricky March 15, 2014 at 02:05 pm
Schools in general is nothing but fakes. Not even close to accurate. To many reasons to list. YouRead More have to many dishonest people involved in the outcome in changes that shouldn't be. Yes, schools play to make it look one way that is not even close to what it should be. They rig the outcome to make their school look good for certain students who they might have a connection with in some way. You can have students who rank higher in lower level classes that are not even close in comparison that has no business being 2 or 3 in a class.
Dominic S. Gagliardi March 15, 2014 at 10:23 pm
GTWatchdawg, with all due respect, Felicia's not being present when Ed Pearce was appointed had noRead More impact on the final result. Trust me. I can not be convinced that what occurred then was not predetermined. The vote was scheduled for a night when it was known prior that Ms. Reid was unavailable yet done so anyway as it was the last opportunity to make it happen before I was sworn and since another "friendly" vote was supposedly not available the rest of the month. While I may not agree with all she has done in the past, I assure you that Ms. Reid has the best interests of the children and District as her primary goal.
Dominic S. Gagliardi March 15, 2014 at 10:23 pm
GTWatchdawg, with all due respect, Felicia's not being present when Ed Pearce was appointed had noRead More impact on the final result. Trust me. I can not be convinced that what occurred then was not predetermined. The vote was scheduled for a night when it was known prior that Ms. Reid was unavailable yet done so anyway as it was the last opportunity to make it happen before I was sworn and since another "friendly" vote was supposedly not available the rest of the month. While I may not agree with all she has done in the past, I assure you that Ms. Reid has the best interests of the children and District as her primary goal.
Bea Coyle March 16, 2014 at 07:58 am
I believe that there are members on the Board of Education who want to vote for what is in the BestRead More interest of the Children and the Schools.But we also know that there are at least half of them that will vote as they are directed to by an outside source/party/leader. It is these people who must be replaced.We do not need to add yet another person who was given/selected by the Party/Township to the Board of Education If you are on the Gloucester Township Planning Board or any Township Board you will not be impartial and you will have to divide your time. The School District has full time problems ,ask any Parent ,and they need a person with no other Board commitments.Come out and help make sure that the Members of the Board of Education use Ethics to make the Best selection .Monday March 17, 5:30 C.W.Lewis School.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 12:22 am
Hey Joe-90% tax rate existed with a number of signifigant loopholes that resulted in a nominal taxRead More rate in the mid 40s for the highest earners...stop getting your talking points from MSNBC and think for yourself. and even if you took every dollar from the top 10% of earners in this nation, we would still have a deficit...spending is the issue, not revenue....do you get that fact or does your hatred for the wealthy cloud your ability to digest reality...
Joe R March 15, 2014 at 08:51 am
Hey SH, in the 1950s, the top marginal tax rate was 91% and the effective tax rate was about 51%Read More after the loopholes. Oh, so we don't have loopholes today??!? Ha, ha, ha. The current top marginal tax rate is 39.6% but that's before all the loopholes. The effective tax rate is even lower than 39.6%. JFK eliminated many of the loopholes and reduced the top marginal tax rate to 74%. That works for me.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 07:02 pm
Joe-I will agree to raise the marginal tax rate to 50%...what programs other than defense do youRead More propose to cut? Exactly none is probably your answer...cutting defense and raising taxes does not get us to a balanced budget...we need to cut spending...you socialists never seem to get that point...and moreover, how about EVERYONE has some skin in the game and has to pay some income tax.... you will never want to cut spending on social programs because then how will you bribe low information voters to win elections?
Former Triton Principal Catherine DePaul. (Patch File Photo)
stephaniebelcher March 4, 2014 at 02:21 pm
So one resigns and all charges are dropped, meaning this person will probably have another job inRead More another district and another who claims she will lose her identity if her certificates are revoked. Its too late for that. Whether her certs are taken or not, I will still view her as helping a predator who, also, over looks the best interest of the students in the school she works for.
Paul J. DiBartolo March 4, 2014 at 08:40 pm
Hey, Catherine DePaul , you can be assured that we the taxpayers are crying a river. Actions haveRead More consequences; you of all people should understand that.
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Joshua Berry February 25, 2014 at 10:42 am
You are right Stephanie that this is just an article, but 15 people have applied for the position.Read More I do not want the people or board members thinking someone is qualified or not for the position based on their education alone. Hopefully others in the future will not be deterred from applying because of a lack of education. Not everyone goes to college and I would like to have at least one board member who did not go to be there to properly represent the point of view of those children and families who won't be college bound. As far as your other concerns, if this is already under investigation I am sure more details will emerge.
Bea Coyle February 25, 2014 at 11:37 am
I agree that not every Board Member needs a College Degree. However ,it would be beneficial to haveRead More a variety of people. A teacher with knowledge of the inner workings of a classroom,a Parent with a vested interest in what is going on,a person with knowledge in Special Education, as no one on the current Board seems to understand the many concerns about that department and some one with finance experience. Above all people with ethics and a conscience would be a great change. If you have attended Board meetings you know that a lot of the decisions they made STAND simply because they said so. That is no longer acceptable to Parents
John Reynolds February 25, 2014 at 01:01 pm
I hereby nominate myself as a candidate, now that the esteemed Mr. Pierce has stepped down, and hopeRead More to join that august body of community leaders and educators; and if elected, promise to do my best to provide the framework needed for the youth of this great Township to excel academically and morally – and to plaster the town with more F'n solar panels that you dopes will be paying for if you hang around long enough.
jerseytomato February 26, 2014 at 07:55 am
I completely misread Jen's post. So, for the record, I stand corrected and regret doing so.Read More Sheila, unfortunately, I don't have children, and am able to freely make vacation plans. As for our education system, I'm afraid it's appalling, but I pay my tax dollars in support, none the less.
Parent March 5, 2014 at 12:42 pm
Stop the constant testing! Let the teachers teach and maybe the kids will learn. Private school getsRead More it done in less time, get education back to what it was.
Parent March 5, 2014 at 12:42 pm
Stop the constant testing! Let the teachers teach and maybe the kids will learn. Private school getsRead More it done in less time, get education back to what it was.
Edward Pearce was disqualified by the State Department of Education from service on the Gloucester BOE following completion of his background check. (Patch file photo)
Bob Kola February 22, 2014 at 11:30 am
If the School Board and Township Council didn't hold their meetings on the same night you might haveRead More 3 to 5 more people at both.
Bea Coyle February 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm
That is exactly why they hold meetings at the same time. Their goal is to discourage people fromRead More attending. And when a large crowd does come out and it has ,they call in the Police to stand guard over them. Funny tho the night Pearces "friend"confronted a Mom to intimidate her, they didn't have a Police Officer present. Like everything else its just all about them.
Paul J. DiBartolo February 22, 2014 at 02:12 pm
The message from GT leadership is loud and clear..."Shut up and sit down!" In otherRead More words...B.O.E. -> "Tell the Council to switch their meeting night." GT Council -> "Our meeting agenda is set for the year." Bottom line from both of these entities, "It doesn't matter what the people want, they're only good for paying the bills."
Emily February 14, 2014 at 11:57 am
Who wants to listen to that at 5:a.m. in the morning. I would have hung up. Not cute. Save your soRead More called talent for the school talent show.
anonymous February 15, 2014 at 01:13 am
I thought this was very funny. I even played it back for friends as we danced around the room. IRead More believe it is the quirky stuff in life that makes it all worth it. We all need a giggle every now and then and this passed dumb and went 180 degrees back to funny. If you want to see serious meet us in Washington DC March 16th 2014 for a mass protest against corruption when the mace and flashbangs start being thrown by police you will have a new respect for the little giggles in life. anonymous
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Sicilan1 February 13, 2014 at 05:23 am
Another Snow Job, 5:15am, about 4-5 inches of snow fell on Blackwood. No plows again , we need themRead More now, or this day is a bust, can't get out of our Development let alone driving all the way up Summerdale Rd.., yes, I repeat another Snow Job. T.Y. Gloucester Township!
Rick Ricky February 13, 2014 at 09:52 am
Jim, Geez you are the one who can't be that ignorant yourself. You couldn't be more wrong and inRead More denial. Nothing jives with any of these tests. They compare SAT's and some schools average 1535 total and think that is good. I think that score is unacceptable. Just a little over what the state requires. The H.S. do little or just enough to get by. Just passing is good enough for them. You have schools who some considered top schools bragging how great they are getting average sat's at 1545. @Speedz..You are right on and I agree it is hard to figure out what makes sense versus real.
esther March 3, 2014 at 12:02 am
Here's what I measure when considering schools- and this applies directly to Montclair and allRead More districts- Has my child been taught to be an independent thinker, an active problem solver, willing to take on challenges, work as part of a team, and the confidence to work independently? Has my child met a teacher who has motivated him/her to be their best academic self and created a lifelong learner? That's how success is measured. Numbers/statistic can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted, and manipulated. The cold hard facts that your child has the attributes previously listed above is the true measure. That's done here in Montclair and other districts in New Jersey and beyond- or at least it was true before the core curriculum standards and the broads invaded.
ED April 12, 2014 at 11:54 am
esther, You have a few things right. Numbers/Statistics can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted andRead More manipulated. By Who? The same people who are running the schools and handing in these reports. Everything in NJ is corrupted.
Jim Nicholls February 3, 2014 at 09:04 am
Now the kids get "rain days" ? Currently raining with a POSSIBILITY of 2 to 4 inches ofRead More WET snow. This is NUTS ! Who are the morons that decide whether to remain open or close ? At this rate the kids will be going to school until July.
stephaniebelcher February 3, 2014 at 09:51 am
June 20th to be exact. There could have been, at least, a half day. I think the administrators areRead More scared because of the kids getting stuck (and some in accidents) for 2 hours on the bus a few weeks ago when GloTwp was covered in ice.